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James Pullar

James Pullar

Male 1877 - 1918  (40 years)

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  • Name James Pullar 
    Born 14 Aug 1877  Ross, Westland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 6 Apr 1918  Killed in Action near Arras, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I19374  My Relatives
    Last Modified 16 Oct 2019 

    Father John Stewart Pullar,   b. 1834,   d. 16 Feb 1903, Burnetts Face, Westland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Ann Golden,   b. 19 Mar 1853, Dundee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jun 1930, Karori, Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 4 May 1876  At the house of Hugh Linklater, Stafford, Westland, New Zealand by Rev William Hogg Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F6922  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Rank:
      Rifleman
      Service No:
      55085
      Date of Death:
      06/04/1918
      Regiment/Service:
      New Zealand Rifle Brigade

      3rd Bn. 3rd
      Grave Reference:
      V. E. 9.
      Cemetery:
      EUSTON ROAD CEMETERY, COLINCAMPS
      Additional Information:
      Son of Anne Pullar, of St. Albans, Christchurch, New Zealand.

      Colincamps is a village 11 kilometres north of Albert. From Arras take the D919 in the direction of Amiens for 28 kilometres. The cemetery is situated about 1 kilometre from the D919 on the right hand side of the road. Pass Serre Road Cemetery No.2 and continue for 2 kilometres. Take the first right, and the CWGC direction sign to Euston Road Cemetery will be seen at the next Y junction.

      Historical Information

      Colincamps and "Euston", a road junction a little east of the village, were within the Allied lines before the Somme offensive of July 1916. The cemetery was started as a front line burial ground during and after the unsuccessful attack on Serre on 1 July, but after the German withdrawal to the Hindenburg Line in March 1917 it was scarcely used. It was briefly in German hands towards the end of March 1918, when it marked the limit of the German advance, but the line was held and pushed forward by the New Zealand Division allowing the cemetery to be used again for burials in April and May 1918.

      The cemetery is particularly associated with three dates and engagements; the attack on Serre on 1 July 1916; the capture of Beaumont-Hamel on 13 November 1916; and the German attack on the 3rd New Zealand (Rifle) Brigade trenches before Colincamps on 5 April 1918.

      The whole of Plot I, except five graves in the last row, represents the original cemetery of 501 graves. After the Armistice, more than 750 graves were brought in from the surrounding battlefields and the following small cemeteries:-

      COLINCAMPS CHURCHYARD, contained 14 New Zealand graves and one British, of March and April 1918. The church has been rebuilt on a new site.

      COLINCAMPS BRITISH CEMETERY, on the Eastern outskirts of the village. It was used from March 1917 to September 1918, and it contained the graves of 96 soldiers from the United Kingdom, 23 from New Zealand, and one unidentified.